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The Art of Going Adrift: Apple’s New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

September 9 is behind us. So is Apple’s yearly iPhone keynote. And this is the first year I feel somewhat deeply disappointed by the Cupertino company, and also the very first time I realize how far the Steve Jobs days are. I do not want to start on a wrong foot here, but please bear with me a little more. Of course, I cannot but acknowledge Apple’s awesome dedication and focus on sleek, marvelous design. The new iPhones are indeed gorgeous. ...
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Setting New Standards: Moto E Review

Mid-range smartphones rarely please or attract avid smartphone geeks, as they’re often bundled with compromises and offer little (if any) innovation. Motorola and its Moto G came to reverse this trend with stellar performance for a low-cost price-tag, a clean design and a near-vanilla Android UI. Motorola did it again. The Moto E is an entry-level smartphone for the masses: mid-range performance for a price tag that everyone can afford. Design ...
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Nokia and Android Meet Finally: Nokia X Review

Nokia announced an Android phone called the X just two months before completing its merger with Microsoft. Now this thing alone killed me. I felt like I did not understand one single thing anymore. Nokia? Android? What about Microsoft? What about Windows Phone? ... it led me all the way to think why the hell did Nokia ditch Android a few years back??!! Moving forward with all my perplexity, things did not get less intriguing: The Nokia X comes ...
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Can Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Be the Ultimate Phone?

Here is how and why. The Galaxy S5 features a battery pack with a capacity of 2.800 mAh combined with a greatly reduced power consumption. It does not stop here: If you’re in an emergency with fading charge, you can turn to Ultra Power Saving mode in order to make the final 10% of your battery juice last for hours. You’d say that there’s nothing new practically here, but when you combine the three features, you get one hell of a battery ...
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Amazon Doesn’t Just Sell Smartphones Anymore, It Makes One

The Fire Phone is here. Jeff Bezos has officially unveiled Amazon's first cellphone, joining the Kindle Fire tablets, Kindle ebook readers, and Fire TV. The Fire Phone sports a 4.7-inch HD display, a Qualcomm processor, Adreno 330 graphics, and 2GB of RAM. On the desing and build front, the Fire Phone has injection molded connectors, aluminum buttons, and chamfered edges. There's a set of stereo speakers on-board, and a specially designed set ...
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Sony Xperia Z2 Review: Nearly Perfect

Squeezing a rather big high resolution display, an ultra performing and capable camera and a huge battery pack into something as big as a chocolate bar isn’t the easiest of things. In any case, a compromise must be done in order to fit everything in. But it does look like Sony has made it. No compromises. The Xperia Z2 makes almost none. It is in fact the closest thing to perfect we've ever witnessed when it comes to testing smartphones. The ...
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Huawei Ascend P6 Review: 10 Days Later

As some of you might have read in a previous post I recently got my hands on a Huawei Ascend P6 (full specs here) smartphone thanks to the nice folks at Chetraco and Huawei. I've had the phone for around ten days and have been planning to write a review about it as I promised I would. I got quite busy lately but this was actually a good thing as it allowed me more time to tinker with the phone. By tinker I mean use it heavily and not the hack/root/flash ...
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Huawei Smartphones Now Officially Available in Lebanon

Cherfane Trading Company (Chetraco) launched Huawei smartphones in Lebanon during a press conference that took place at Le Royal Hotel, in the attendance of a crowd of Technology and lifestyle journalists to discover and experience the smartphones which made an impression on the Android market globally. “Today we welcome the Huawei smartphones to the unique, multi faceted national distributor Chetraco family alongside other brands such as kelvinator, ...
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Android Silver: No More Nexus?

Google is apparently shifting strategies a whole lot these days. After the reported news about Google dropping Google+ to the backside bin, here comes rumors talking about the Android Silver project. 'The Information' reports that the current Nexus-branded handset line sporting Google's unadulterated vision of the best Android user experience will be trashed, to be replaced by a set of high-end Silver phones. Google is said to be planning to spend ...
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The Awesome OnePlus One Is Official

Have you already heard of OnePlus? Well, you should have. OnePlus is a technology startup allegedly committed to bringing the best possible Technology to users around the world. Created around the mantra Never Settle, OnePlus is here to create beautifully designed devices with premium build quality. Well OnePlus announced a few days ago its first ever smartphone: the One. And it's an Android device. The OnePlus One features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon ...
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Official: Microsoft Welcomes The Nokia Devices and Services Business

Microsoft Corp. announced it has completed its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The acquisition has been approved by Nokia shareholders and by governmental regulatory agencies around the world. The completion of the acquisition marks the first step in bringing these two organizations together as one team. Today we welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business to our family. The mobile capabilities and assets they bring will ...
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Why the Sony Xperia Z Gaming Phone Could Be the Device of the Future

Game apps are booming in popularity, with a recent survey of US mobile users proving that gaming is the number one priority with 32% of mobile consumption time spent on the genre alone. As a result, many of the recent smartphone releases are putting more of a focus on playing experiences. However, none quite take the bacon as much as the Sony Xperia Z Gaming phone. The clue is literally in the name, with an incredible 4K display and 128GB of storage ...
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Developers Can Now Start Building Some Cool Phones With Project Ara

Google just posted on Ara's website the Module Developers Kit, which contains the information that manufacturers need to get started creating modular parts. Quick reminder: Ara phones begin as no more than a skeleton, before owners plug in everything from a display and processor to a camera and Wi-Fi unit in order to complete them. The trick about the whole concept is that Google wants many of those modules to come from third-party developers. ...
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Nokia X, XL Officially Announced in Lebanon

In a fancy "Green" environment, Nokia announced that the Nokia X, part of the new Nokia X family of affordable smartphones that run Android apps, has begun selling in Lebanon. The new devices are the perfect introduction to the world of Android apps, coupled with signature Nokia experiences, and the most popular Microsoft services. Based on a forked version of Android, the X and XL devices gives the option to their owners the benefits of having thousands ...
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HTC’s All New One (M8) Is Here

The 2014 HTC One (M8) is now official. The smartphone sports a unibody made of 90% metal, a screen that has been bumped to 5", while retaining the 1080p resolution. Hardware keys have disappeared, replaced by on-screen ones. The front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers are still there, and it is said that they have been further enhanced t produce more sound. The new HTC One (M8) offers a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor, ...
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Sony Announces Android 4.4 KitKat Update Schedule

Sony has just announced the availability of the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact. The new firmware rollout starts right now for all three smartphones, but the process is gradual so it might take some time before the update notification pops up on your phone. Here is the official change log: Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimisation… A tweaked ...
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Sony Mobile Launches the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet in the Middle East

12th March 2014, Dubai, UAE – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today set a new standard in both smartphone and tablet innovation with the Xperia™ Z2 and Z2 tablet being officially launched in the Middle East Region. The launch event was set in an intimate and eerie atmosphere in the heart of Dubai's DIFC, and we were very luck to be among the few privileged people to be present there. After an awesome artistic "urban ballet" introduction, ...
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Soon in Your Hands: Google’s Project Ara

Google’s project Ara smartphone could arrive in early 2015. This project, initialized under Motorola's umbrella, was kept alive when Google retained the team behind the project when it sold Motorola to Lenovo last month. What is Project Ara? It is simply Google's take on the modular phone scheme. Meaning that you will be able to build your phone based on what your real personal needs are. Pretty cool. The base model is said to include the ...
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Official: Nokia Introduces Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL Smartphones at MWC 2014

Yesterday at Mobile World Congress, Nokia underscored its commitment to connecting the next billion to the Internet by releasing five new affordable handsets, including Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android(TM) apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences. The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are priced to capture the fast-growing affordable smartphone market and provide an on-ramp to Lumia and Microsoft services like Skype, ...
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Bendy: LG G Flex Review

We said it before: the age of the curved is upon us. But does LG's take on it bring something solid to the table? We've had the chance to test the LG G Flex for a few days. First of all, there's more to the G Flex than just a curved display. It also is a 6-inch monster, which practically makes of it the very first LG phablet. We should also mention that it runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip as all of Android's current flagships. It also ...
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Official: Sony Announces Its New Flagship Smartphone, the Xperia Z2

Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces Xperia Z2, Sony’s best ever premium waterproof smartphone combining its best display, sound, camera and camcorder experience as well as an exclusive entertainment offer and a growing ecosystem of companion products. Xperia Z2 is the newest addition to Sony’s premium Z series and will launch globally from March 2014. “With Xperia Z2 we have taken our premium Z series to the next ...
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Big Moment: Our First 24 Hours with Nokia’s Lumia 1520

Nokia and Microsoft have a new flagship. And it's a big one, to say the least. We had the pleasure to get a hold of the Lumia 1520, courtesy of Nokia Lebanon. I personally tried it, and so, I am going to share with you my first 24 hours with this beast of a device. When we first heard the news live at Nokia World, back in October, we were thrilled. The 1520 is the world's first quad-core, full HD, Windows Phone 8 phablet. Let me recap the 'firsts'. ...
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Mobile Gaming: Is It Taking Over?

Not so long ago, it was only possible to play online casino games if you were prepared to download the casino software onto your desktop. That in itself must have put a lot of potential players off even trying out online casino – as it would take up space on your hard drive and opened up the potential to download viruses etc. However, it wasn’t long before online gaming became easier for players to access with the introduction of flash technology, ...
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Nokia Lumia Black Is Here: Overview

Lumia Black is here. The first feature they show off is the new and improved “glance mode”. There are now new notifications that you can see on the ‘always on’ screen of Lumia smartphones, without having to wake your phone. There’s also an updated Nokia Camera app, that allows for three shooting modes: Video Recording, Nokia Camera, and Nokia Pro Camera. With the Pro Camera mode, you can fidget with light sensitivity and other camera settings ...
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Zoom In: Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

41. Forty-one million pixels. Forty-one million pixels in one camera. Ponder on this for a moment. Your current phone probably captures eight (my phone too). Your SLR probably sports about 16. Nokia's Lumia 1020 is a smartphone that captures more than all of those 'proper' cameras put together. It captures pictures based on a 41 million pixels sensor. But does the smartphone world revolves around ultra-performing cameras? Notwithstanding its camera ...
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Smooth & Classy: Nokia’s Lumia 925 Review

I have a bit of experience with Lumia devices, since I have always been the first to review all Lumias that came onto our desks, and the main Tech-Ticker/Nokia liaison agent over the past few years. In this review, I’ll try my best to focus on a number of areas that most Windows Phone 8 owners tend to feel are most important. In my personal time, I tend to use my smartphone(s) on a regular basis as a mean to communicate with family and friends ...
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Motorola’s Moto G And What It Truly Means

Google now has two swords. Two sabres to fight in the smartphone arena. Two weapons of its own. The Nexus brand in one hand, and Motorola in the other. Unfortunately, both of them have not yet been truly deployed worldwide, with priority given to the U.S. market. But things will change. And they will change fast. The Nexus 5 is already much more accessible than its predecessors, since it was found in our Middle-Eastern markets barely a couple of weeks ...
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Almost There: Nexus 5 Review

One year ago, the Nexus 4 rocked the smartphone boat, when it was released with top-of-the-line feature pack for a ridiculously low $299 USD price tag. But we also still remember its shortfalls: lack of LTE, underwhelming camera and poor battery life. The Nexus 5 is now here. What is noticeable at first encounter is that it is slightly more expensive. That could have been good news, because it also could mean that it may be better equipped than its ...
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Can LG’s G2 Beat The iPhone 5s?

Let us start with form. The iPhone 5, and hence the 5s is the most stylish and elegant smartphone out there. Aluminum-built, slim, sleek are the keywords to look for. HTC’s One was the only Android smartphone to come close to these standards. Our first days with the G2 did involve a lot of fumbling around the back of the device, searching for the power and volume buttons. The G2 is all-plastic, but nevertheless, does feel solid and well built. Then ...
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